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The Tea Party Movement

Tea Party Patriots Website has a list of local groups:

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/Groups.aspx

- The large state ones don’t seem to take more specific positions

 

Tea Party Patriots lists “fiscal responsibility” as a core tenet:

Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject its citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect. Such runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action as the increasing national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/Mission.aspx

 

From Tea Party Patriot’s NING page (similar) :

Fiscal Responsibility:   Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject it's citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect.  Such runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action as the increasing national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations. 

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dhsxmzm7_19fcdzskg5

 

The Liberty First Pac lays out specific criteria for candadites:

Our Principles

Our principles are simple. Less government, less regulation and lower taxes.

We support candidates who place liberty (the Constitution) first when casting a vote or making critical political decisions. Not special interests, not populist issues (smoking bans, government healthcare, etc) but LIBERTY FIRST.

Incumbents We Oppose

While we do not oppose all incumbents, we certainly oppose any incumbent who supported or voted for any of the following pieces of legislation.
-Cap & Trade
-Government Healthcare
-TARP
-Stimulus Bailouts

http://libertyfirstpac.com/main/about/

 

A good summary of the movement’s economic view:

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/04/15/the-tea-party-revolution

Current of “Patriot ideology” in economic views (from NYT):

Mr. Paul led Mrs. Southwell to Patriot ideology, which holds that governments and economies are controlled by networks of elites who wield power through exclusive entities like the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

This idea has a long history, with variations found at both ends of the political spectrum. But to Mrs. Southwell, the government’s culpability for the recession — the serial failures of regulation, the Federal Reserve’s epic blunders, the cozy bailouts for big banks — made it resonate all the more, especially as she witnessed the impact on family and friends.

“The more you know, the madder you are,” she said. “I mean when you finally learn what the Federal Reserve is!”

Last spring, Mrs. Southwell quit her job and became a national development officer for the John Birch Society, recruiting and raising money across the West, often at Tea Party events. She has been stunned by the number of Tea Party supporters gravitating toward Patriot ideology. “Most of these people are just waking up,” she said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/us/politics/16teaparty.html?pagewanted=3

Resources

Pick up the February Progressive Magazine for PRA Senior Analyst Chip Berlet's Cover Story on the Tea Partiers.

Significant Recent Essays

Chip Berlet's Series on the Tea Bag Movement & Right-Wing Populism

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